Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What a beautiful day!

The sun's shining! It's warm enough to go out without a coat, just about! You have to chain yourself to the ground so as not to be blown away by the gale-force winds, but it's still starting to feel a bit like spring! Yay!

Meanwhile, an acquaintance last night accused me of calling myself a 'memory athlete' and told me that sounds a bit silly. I of course replied that I never use that expression myself, and think it's a lot silly, but then I looked up the word on that famous source of information-that-might-not-be-true-but-who-cares, Wikipedia, and found that "The word "athlete" is a romanization of the Greek: άθλητὴς, athlētēs, one who participates in a contest; from ἂθλος, áthlos, or ἂθλον, áthlon, a contest or feat."

So it's not necessarily a sporty thing, and we memorisers can quite justifiably call ourselves athletes, and if anyone says we shouldn't, we can just point them to Wikipedia! I'm still not going to call myself a memory athlete, though.

I know that's not nearly as interesting as the genuinely-true fact that 'gymnast' is derived from the Greek word for 'naked', but I thought it was worth mentioning.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dai Griffiths said...

Shame on you Ben. The 'sport' is directly related to athletic competition. The first ever 'song' for a sporting event was created by a famous Greek. That same Greek 'invented' the last four letters of the Greek alphabet, which is also related in another way. You may have hear of this famous chap. His name was Simonides ! So, the next time you are listening to the Rocky theme, remember that is is one of your memory descendants that made it possible (Simonides did it for a boxing match). :-)

January 30, 2013 6:41 pm  
Anonymous Roy G. Biv said...

So, did you actually go outside?

If so, did you wear a coat?

January 31, 2013 11:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think went outside, probably without a coat or anything else. That's why he get arrested and didn't blog anymore

February 09, 2013 1:38 pm  

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